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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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If you're still stuck for things to do over the upcoming long Easter weekend you may be interested in some of the following activities.

The Florence Nightingale Museum will be hosting an Eggs-traordinary Egg Hunt. The eggs may be chocolate but they will all be filled with the equipment and skills that were needed at Florence Nightingale's hospital in the Crimea. This is a fun way to find out about the evolution of nursing. The cost of joining in the egg hunt is included in the entry price of 5.80 for adults and 4.80 for children. The museum is open from 10.00 until 19.00, but closed on Good Friday.

If you want to pet and see real animals, and not chocolate ones, then head on down to Spitalfields City Farm on Saturday, 8 April between 11 and 4 where you can say hello to real bunnies, ride on donkeys and hunt for the obligatory eggs. Entry is free. However there is an entry fee of 5.50 for adults and 50p for the little ones if you would like to watch the farm's goat race at 1.30 on 7 April.

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A Real Bunny at Spitalfields City Farm - Picture Courtesy of the Spitalfields City Farm Website


Whilst families can get involved in both of the above events, especially by visiting the area around Spitalfields, such as the market and Brick Lane area, the following are for the grown-ups.

Underground at the Old Vic Tunnels you can pretend you've taken a time machine back to an old fashioned holiday camp. Time will stop at Pimms o'clock so that you can lounge in deck chairs, re-live your misspent childhood on the bouncy castle, play traditional games, or just gather round the camp fire. As it will be Easter you will also be able to hunt the eggs, or take part in a bunny hop on the dance floor. Camping is on 5 and 6 April between 7pm and 1am at a cost of 15.

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Old Fashioned Holiday Camp - Picture Courtesy of the Old Vic Tunnels Website


If you find yourself in the area of Walthamstow, why not take part in Brodie's Bunny Beer Basher at the King William IV pub? They are promising a choice of over 40 real ales, so you could find yourself rather inebriated this Easter, rather than stuffed with chocolate. The event runs over the entire weekend, so you could ration yourself to ten pints a day rather than trying to drink the bar dry in one go.

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Brodie's Bunny Beer Basher - Picture Courtesy of Walthamstow.org.uk


For foodies who believe there is more to Easter than eggs and chocolate, why not visit the Real Food Market by the Royal Festival Hall? The stallholders will be there over all four days, although the hours will vary slightly. As usual it costs nothing to go in, and you can always beg, borrow or steal a few samples if you're not feeling too wealthy.

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Real Food Market at the Southbank - Picture Courtesy of The Royal Festival Hall Website


If you'd like a few other Easter options, take a look at this.

However you decide to spend Easter this year, have fun and enjoy yourself.
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Why? To have fun at Easter in all sorts of different ways
When: Over Easter 2012 between 5 and 9 April
Where: Around London
Cost: Some events are free, others are chargeable
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